Councilmember McDuffie’s Statement on the February 2021 Revised Revenue Estimates

Councilmember McDuffie’s Statement on the February 2021 Revised Revenue Estimates

Statement
For Immediate Release: Friday, February 26, 2021Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0714, jmcnair@dccouncil.us Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore of the Council andChair of the Council Committee on Business and Economic Development, released the following statementon the DC Chief Financial Officer’s updated revenue estimate: “District CFO Jeffrey DeWitt just provided the Mayor and Council with an updated financial forecast forthe FY 2021 – FY 2024 financial plan. It is clear that this recession continues to devastate workingfamilies across the District, particularly low-wage workers in the hospitality and service industries.Furthermore, I am concerned to see projected declines in revenue from commercial property taxes. Despite these challenges, the revised estimates hold some good news; an increase of $227 million over thefinancial plan since the December estimates, but still far…
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Councilmember McDuffie’s Statement on the Resignation of DC CFO Jeff DeWitt

Councilmember McDuffie’s Statement on the Resignation of DC CFO Jeff DeWitt

Statement
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 17th, 2021Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0714, Jmcnair@dccouncil.us Washington, D.C. -- Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore of the Council andChair of the Council Committee on Business and Economic Development, released the following statementon the resignation of DC’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff DeWitt: “I want to thank Jeff DeWitt for his years of service to our city and congratulate him on his new position.Despite the devastating economic impacts of this pandemic-induced recession, the District’s underlyingfinancials remain sound, including 24 consecutive clean audits and two consecutive years of our governmentmaintaining 60 days of operating reserves. Those strong fundamentals are due in no small part to Mr.DeWitt’s stewardship. Now more than ever, Washington, D.C. needs a strong and experienced CFO, one that understands theunique nature of the…
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Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie’s Statement on Planned Inauguration Demonstrations

Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie’s Statement on Planned Inauguration Demonstrations

Statement
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 11th, 2021 Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0714, jmcnair@dccouncil.us Washington, DC — “Following the horrific events of this past Wednesday, I am deeply alarmed to hear reports that more armed, right-wing extremists plan to return to Washington, DC next week. District residents and business owners should not knowingly provide accommodations to such individuals who are planning to do harm to people, our democratic institutions, and impede the peaceful transition of power. Airbnb's community policies ban domestic terrorists and members of violent hate groups from using the platform. I urge Airbnb to vigorously enforce this policy and ask that people remain vigilant against the threat of future violence. A public emergency is in effect until January 21, and the Mayor has asked people to refrain from traveling to…
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McDuffie’s Statement on The September 2020 Updated Fiscal Forecast

Press Release, Statement
Washington, D.C. — Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore of the Council and Chair of the Council Committee on Business and Economic Development, released the following statement on the DC Chief Financial Officer’s updated revenue estimate: “The District’s CFO Jeffrey DeWitt just provided the Mayor and Council with an updated financial forecast the FY 2020 ended $222m higher than the previous April estimate. Despite ending the fiscal year with more revenue than estimated, the District is still down -$334.4m compared to FY2019 and FY 2021 has been lowered by $212 million. Today’s updated revenue projections indicate that we remain in a recession and the path to recovery will be much longer than originally anticipated. COVID-19 has had a devastating economic impact. With unemployment insurance claims in the District…
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Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie on Passage of Additional Emergency Legislation in Response to Coronavirus

Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie on Passage of Additional Emergency Legislation in Response to Coronavirus

Press Release, Statement
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie on Passage of Additional Emergency Legislation in Response to Coronavirus Legislation includes mortgage relief, support for CBEs, and expanded consumer protections Washington, DC – Today, the Council of the District of Columbia passed the COVID-19 Response Supplemental Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 [B23-733]. Upon passage, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair Pro Tempore and Chair of the Committee on Business and Economic Development, released the following statement: “Since the Council last met under our current public health emergency, the District has undergone a significant health, social, and economic transformation as the COVID-19 public health emergency touches nearly every resident of our City and region. The District has instituted key provisions of the first emergency, including setting up the Microgrant small business recovery program, a prohibition on evictions,…
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McDuffie Statement Upon Passage of Emergency Legislation in Response to Coronavirus

McDuffie Statement Upon Passage of Emergency Legislation in Response to Coronavirus

Statement
McDuffie Statement Upon Passage of Emergency Legislation in Response to Coronavirus Washington, D.C. -- With the passage of the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie released the following statement. "Today, the Council of the District of Columbia passed legislation to provide emergency relief to the residents and small businesses of the District of Columbia in the face of an unprecedented public health crisis. While it is true that we find ourselves in unchartered territory, I have found hope and optimism in seeing all branches of government, businesses, residents, and staff come together to find solutions during this time of crisis.From the time we began working on this emergency legislation late last week until now, the District and indeed the country has found itself in both…
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McDuffie on the release of the Disparity Report Framework and Recommendations and the Minority and Women-Owned Business Assessment

McDuffie on the release of the Disparity Report Framework and Recommendations and the Minority and Women-Owned Business Assessment

Statement
Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie Statement on the release of the Disparity Report Framework and Recommendations and the Minority and Women-Owned Business Assessment Washington, DC -- Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie has issued the following statement upon the release of two reports from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), the Disparity Report Framework and Recommendations and the Minority and Women-Owned Business Assessment: "The findings of these reports are troubling, and I am disheartened—not just by what the data revealed, but also because a thorough study could not even be completed due to a lack of data. The reports underscore the necessity of consistent and standardized data collection, and one benefit is that we now have a roadmap to follow to develop a comprehensive study.Despite this, the goals of the CBE program are extremely…
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McDuffie Statement on recent incidents of violence in Ward 5

McDuffie Statement on recent incidents of violence in Ward 5

Statement
Councilmember McDuffie has issued the following statement on recent violence in Ward 5: "Last night there was another shooting in Ward 5; it was the fifth act of gun violence in Ward 5 over the past two weeks. As a neighbor, a father, and your representative, I am both outraged and heartbroken that these acts continue to happen in our community. When these incidents happen, they can make us feel vulnerable and scared. We all deserve to live in a community where we feel safe. I have been in constant communication with MPD and the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (ONSE) since last night’s shooting on the 2300 block of Rhode Island Avenue. From what I have gathered, the recent violence stems from an ongoing conflict between multiple rival…
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Statement from Councilmember McDuffie

Statement from Councilmember McDuffie

Statement
Washington, D.C. -- Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie released the following statement in response to a story published in this morning's Washington Post: “Yesterday, I was contacted by a Washington Post reporter regarding a document which he stated list Keith McDuffie as the chief executive of Potomac Supply Company (the company).As I stated to the reporter yesterday and during a prior conversation on June 28, Keith McDuffie is my cousin, and I have known Okera Stewart for many years.While there is apparently a single document that all parties involved have stated was produced in error, there are official documents which clearly establish that Okera Stewart owns the company. Moreover, I did not know of any document connecting Keith McDuffie to the sports gaming contract as chief executive or otherwise prior to…
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McDuffie’s Statement on the Report Assessing Large Housing Unit Needs in DC

McDuffie’s Statement on the Report Assessing Large Housing Unit Needs in DC

Statement
Councilmember McDuffie's Statement on the Report Assessing Large Housing Unit Needs in DC The report, An Assessment of the Need for Large Units in the District of Columbia, was included in the fiscal year 2018 budget by Councilmember McDuffie Washington, D.C. -- Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie, Chair of the Council Committee on Business and Economic Development, has released the following statement following the release of An Assessment of the Need for Large Units in the District of Columbia: "There has been a growing concern about the lack of affordable housing for larger families in DC, which is why I prioritized funding this study – so we have the data to make informed policy decisions. I thank Mayor Bowser, the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development, CNHED and the Urban Institute for…
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